Last edited 10/16/2022
Michelle ForakerLMHC, LPC
In Eastern Time
What excites me about the evolving mental health landscape is that more people will have access to mental health support. “Virtual” counseling has been part of the mental health field conversation for almost 10 years. Personally, I voiced my displeasure and disbelief that “virtual” counseling would be beneficial and effective when the discussion began so many years ago. Even when I started experimenting with virtual counseling in 2017 at the request of a couple of clients that were moving out of the area, I remained skeptical. Within a very short period of time, my thinking took a 180 degree turn. I have been solely virtual for 2 years and the experience for me and, more importantly, my clients; has been highly successful. Having increased access to a supportive, nonjudgmental, encouraging mental health counselor can and will have a huge, positive impact on our society and that is exciting.
A key component of the therapeutic relationship is confidentiality. The relationship is a collaborative process. It’s a conversation about you and your life. We discuss your feelings, hopes, and dreams. Your role is to talk about what is important to you in as honest and open way as possible. As your therapist, it is my responsibility to effectively listen and assist with identifying unhealthy patterns. Then, we work together to find solutions using your inner strengths. I will encourage you on your journey and provide a safe place to process your successes as well as your challenges. Knowing that what we discuss is totally confidential is what makes the therapeutic relationship unique and reliable.
When I was in high school I read the book, "Reality Therapy" by William Glasser. I already knew the path I was on; however, this book hit home for how I wanted to work with people by being real, open, and genuine. Dr. Glasser discussed working with individuals with schizophrenia and how he believed that change was possible. I believe that we have the ability and capability to make positive changes in our lives everyday.
Divorce & separation
Spirituality & religion based issues
All Savers Insurance
UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- Florida, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MH7843
- Georgia, Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC011041
Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic University
From a young age, I knew that my strengths would be used in helping others as a counselor/coach. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology, Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, became a Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology, and obtained my Florida license as a mental health counselor in 2001. In 2019, I also obtained my Georgia license as a professional counselor. During my undergraduate schooling, I worked in hospitality and retail, including clothing and banking, for 10 year most of which was in management until I was able to start my "career" path in the human services field in 1999. Since then, I have worked with countless individuals from a variety of backgrounds. In 2005, I started a private practice. The graduate programs I attended didn't teach us how to be business owners and all I had to rely on was my very minimal exposure during the Business classes I took during my undergraduate schooling. So, I learned most things the hard way and now have a wealth of knowledge that I enjoy sharing with others (if/when asked) in an effort to assist in your personal and professional journey. Personally, I have experienced countless ups and downs just like most people and even though I have all the above mentioned "formal" education, I am on this journey called life just like you. Going through the graduate programs, it was taught that we were not to disclose personal information about our lives, experiences, and/or struggles and we were taught multiple ways to deflect. After about 5 years in private practice, I decreased my deflections and began sharing with my clients when they asked. It shocked me for awhile when my clients would respond, "Oh My Gosh, you are a real person, too." LITERALLY. I'm sharing that now to let you know that when we interact, you will receive honest, genuine encouragement and support. I'm not here to tell you what to do or how to do it. I'm here to give you a nonjudgmental, SAFE place to explore how to navigate your journey in the way that you determine best fits you. I will provide options and additional insights and you choose what works for you.
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Michelle Foraker, LMHC, LPC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Michelle Foraker accepting new clients?
Yes, Michelle Foraker is accepting new clients.
Does Michelle Foraker accept insurance?
Yes, Michelle Foraker accepts insurance, including Aetna, All Savers Insurance, Anthem, Florida Blue, Optum, UMR, UnitedHealthCare (UHC) and UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.
What types of therapy does Michelle Foraker offer?
Michelle Foraker offers therapy for couples, groups and individuals.
Does Michelle Foraker offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in Florida and Georgia can book Michelle Foraker for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Michelle Foraker offer online therapy?
Yes, Michelle Foraker offers online therapy to people in Florida and Georgia.
How quickly can I see Michelle Foraker?
Michelle Foraker typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Michelle Foraker speak?
Michelle Foraker conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Michelle Foraker online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Michelle Foraker online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.